Healthy, Humble, Sweet Potatoes

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Delicious, healthy sweet potato

Delicious, healthy sweet potato

Sweet Potatoes, also called Kumara, is one of my favourite, healthy indulgences. It has always been a very popular poor man’s food, as far as I know. I think eating this lovely vegetable keeps me humble and sweeter each day. I remember we grew up eating lots of them. We ate them boiled or cooked with rice. We were just happy that our stomaches were full. Besides that, potato leaves taste very delicious when fried with just garlic and a sprinkle of salt.

My parents used to plant a lot of sweet potatoes. There were rows and rows of sweet potato beds. I enjoyed the harvesting season. I loved the thrill of pulling them out of the soil. Sometimes they broke off from the stems and we had to dig into the soil to find them. My parents planted several varieties. There was one particular type that we loved which is the purple type. We love the colour, taste and texture. It’s sad that I don’t see them around.

It tastes awesome!

It tastes awesome!

Sweet potato is a vegetable with all its wholesome goodness and yet tastes very good like a dessert. It is high in vitamins and minerals and high in fibre which is very good for the bowels.

I remember my mom always started babies on solid food by feeding them boiled sweet potatoes. She said potatoes are easy for babies to digest and provide good nutrients. So far I noticed that babies and children love sweet potatoes because of the sweetness.

There are so many ways to cook sweet potatoes. The most common ways that I cook them are either steam them, boil them or bake them. It is so simple, so easy and so healthy. Sometimes I take them as a meal. It is a very delicious and nutritious vegetable.

Washed and ready to be baked

Washed and ready to be baked

I baked 6 pieces of sweet potatoes yesterday. I bought the organic types. I just washed them and straight into the oven to bake at 200 degrees Celsius for about 1 hour until they are completely cooked through. I love them soft and sweet. But if you don’t like them so soft, you can shorten the time. The time needed also depends on the size of the potatoes. If you want to save on electricity, bake a chicken together in the same oven if your oven is able to accommodate 2 trays like mine.

Well-baked and delicious

Well-baked and delicious

Soft and sweet

Soft and sweet

This is how good the sweet potatoes are when they are fully baked…..yummy. I just love them……SOOOO DELICIOUS! I ate 4 of them……mmmmm.

Do you like sweet potatoes? How do you like them cooked? Please share, add or comment in the comment box below.

Potato dessert recipe that you may be interested in:
Sweet Potato Balls For Dessert

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Mother Teresa

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Misty Mays  on October 13th, 2009

I love sweet potatoe pie my husband makes the most amazing pie in the south.

Jamie  on October 13th, 2009

Oh, that first photograph has flooded me with memories! My mom has always adored sweet potatoes so we grew up eating them all the time in many different ways. They are fabulous! Baked super soft is the only way, slathered with butter. A restaurant near my mom’s house smothers them in sweet and salty maple butter. Yum! Sady I can’t get the orange sweet potatoes in France and I miss them every day! Wonderful post!

Divina  on October 13th, 2009

Sweet potatoes are my favorite. We have different varieties and the come in different color. But I like the orange ones best with orange skin. I also like to bake or steam them. Sometimes, I would use them in salads. I do have one in my blog. Before, I made some cauliflower and sweet potato soup. But right now, they’re not in season, only the white ones but they’re not my favorite. :)

Mary  on October 13th, 2009

@Misty Mays - Thanks for sharing. Wow….I would love to make a sweet potato pie. Sounds delicious. So sweet to know your husband bakes so well.

@Jamie - Thanks for sharing. Yay, sweet potatoes brought back a lot of sweet memories to me too. With butter? Sounds interesting. Yet to try that. With sweet and salty maple butter? That sounds very delicious. I think you have to move to Scotland to get the potatoes you want….LOL

@Divina - Thanks for sharing. Agree with you, sweet potatoes make a great soup. Sometimes I add carrots and leeks to make mash. Just a way to make my children eat more vege. Will check out your blog. Hope it’s easy to find it.

radha  on October 13th, 2009

we had steamed sweet potatos yesterday for dinner and today for lunchbox mixed with polenta (cornmeal), one of the best veg. in chunks they can be dipped in a mixture of grounded peanuts and salt too ( i learned it in vietnam with tapioca)~ :-)

Divina  on October 13th, 2009

I’ll make it easy for you to find. Here’s the link below. I combined it with sweet potato tops either raw or blanched. I miss them now.

penny aka jeroxie  on October 13th, 2009

I like the coconute base sweet potato dessert. But you have inspired me. I may try making this into a jam!

Mary  on October 13th, 2009

@radha - Thanks for sharing. I learning more new ways how to eat sweet potatoes. I though dipping in peanuts & salt is such a brilliant idea. I must try that.

@Divina - Thx so much for the link. That’s fast from you. Utterly love the salad. I think I have to use other greens to replace the green tops. I think I don’t mind to eat sweet potatoes everyday now…so many ways to prepare it…haha.

@Penny - Another new way….sweet potato jam! Brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing. I know, you are talking about ‘bubur chacha’. I love that too. Nice on a cold day.

Sanjana  on October 13th, 2009

Ahh yummy! I make sweet potato mash with garlic and chilli chutney… YUM! This post has made me crave sweet potatoes!

Mary  on October 13th, 2009

@Sanjana - Thanks for sharing. That sounds great….with garlic and chili chutney. I have to try that one day too.

veron  on October 13th, 2009

I love sweet potatoes! I love them in a casserole. Sometimes I just like them plain, they are really good by themselves.

rebecca  on October 13th, 2009

oh love sweet potatoes good mashed as well

Crystal  on October 13th, 2009

Mmm…sweet potatoes! If I didn’t just eat breakfast, I’d totally roast one up right now. Maybe for lunch? :)

Drick  on October 13th, 2009

we love sweet potatoes over here and in the south especially - and it’s one of my favs to go with grilled steaks, yes, steaks - - I grill them with a coating of butter, a little salt and bourbon - great taste

Mary  on October 13th, 2009

@Veron - Thanks for sharing. Totally agree with you that they are really good by themselves.

@Rebecca - Thanks for sharing. I love it mashed too, but with other vegetables like carrots and leeks.

@Crystal - I think you deserve to have 2 for lunch then. I ate 4 yesterday!

Mary  on October 13th, 2009

@Drick - wow….that sounds sooooo goooood. Now I’m drooling. I’ve got to try that.

Olive  on October 13th, 2009

Hi, Mary! :)

I love sweet potatoes especially that kind, golden yellow, it’s just so hard to find it sometimes..I love it just like that boiled and dipped in brown sugar..Yum!

Shirley  on October 13th, 2009

Hey Mary,
I am absolutely a fan of sweet potato!! I’ve covered 3 ways of preparing this wonderful Superfood and also details of its nutritional benefits. Do check out my blog. I am keen to experiment more ways. Planning to try the dessert you have blogged on. Cheers!

Mary  on October 13th, 2009

@Olive - Thanks for sharing. Wow….dipped in brown sugar!! I can see that you have a sweet tooth…haha. I bet it must be very nice. I’ve yet to try that. For me here, there’s not much choice of sweet potatoes but I’m rather happy with this type. I think you have to move here…LOL

@Shirley - Thanks for sharing and for adding your blog address. That’s very helpful, extra information, especially the nutritional breakdown and also the health benefits of sweet potatoes. I would love to try sweet potato pancakes one day.

Simply Life  on October 13th, 2009

I just posted about sweet potatoes today - they’re so good! YUM!

Christine  on October 13th, 2009

I always bake sweet potatoes in winters. Yummy and healthy. The best part of baking sweet potatoes is very handy. Just pop them in oven. That’s it. Great for me~ Heha…

Michael Chin  on October 14th, 2009

Hi Mary, I love potatoes too. I read somewhere about its nutritional values - tho I can’t remember them in details, they give me all the more reason to love them. We eat to live but how nice when we can enjoy eating to enjoy living ! ha ha !

Mary  on October 14th, 2009

@ Michael - Thanks for sharing. Great to know you also love sweet potatoes. Never mind the details, as long as you know it’s nutritious….hehe. Totally agree with you that it’s lovely that we can enjoy eating to enjoy living.

megan  on October 14th, 2009

I LOVE sweet potatoe anyway you fix them. That and pumpkin! :) Gotta love the season.

Mary  on October 14th, 2009

@Megan - Wow….you are such a sweet potato fan. I suppose I have much to catch up…haha. I love pumpkin (or butternut) too but not as much. I love to make curry with it. I have one here which is my favourite.

kristy  on October 14th, 2009

I guess when you’re out of this region you missed them even more, huh! Remember the old days, our parents & grandparent used to plant them at the back yard. We ate the leaves as well…he he!

kristy  on October 14th, 2009

By the way, can you get sweet potato leaves in UK? I don’t think so lol!

Chuck- Feerless Food  on January 24th, 2010

I love to back them and top them with either peanut butter or almond butter. It’s delicious, and gets even better if you add some marshmallow fluff. Perfect balance of sweet and salty!

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